The stellar year for Decatur athletics ended with a sixth-place finish in the battle for the University Interscholastic League’s Class 3A Lone Star Cup.
Decatur finished with 59 points. Argyle won the 3A trophy and the $1,000 scholarship with 102. College Station was second with 86, Kennedale third with 78, Abilene Wylie fourth with 66 and Stephenville fifth with 62.
Schools earn points for performance in team sports and individual sports sponsored by UIL along with marching band, one-act play and state academics.
Schools are awarded points in team sports for winning district titles and earning playoff berths. They earn additional points for each playoff victory or advancement.
In the individual sports – cross country, golf, tennis, track and field and swimming – schools receive points for their team finish on the state level.
For academics, schools can earn points for district and regional sweepstakes titles and team finishes at state. One-act play points are awarded for state. Band can add to a school’s tally for area and state finishes.
Decatur earned points in football, volleyball, girls cross country, girls basketball, boys basketball, baseball, softball and boys track. Volleyball garnered the most points with its state championship.
“It proves we have a well-rounded district. A lot of people worked really hard to get us here,” said Decatur Athletic Director Mike Fuller.
“To me, the goal of any school should be to win [the Lone Star Cup]. From an athletic standpoint, we want to continue to score points and figure out a way to get more points.”